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 Paraeducator bill must be funded!

The House Education Committee heard the concerns of WEA members and amended E2SSB 5179, the paraeducator licensure bill, and fixed some of the missing policy links.  The bill now moves to Appropriations where funding is the key issue.  The bill still establishes a licensure process for paraeducators, allows for courses to be created, and allows for school districts to pilot the new process.  The licensure process will still begin in the 2017-18 school year with a three year window for current paraeducators to complete the process.

What is missing?  Funding for creating the required courses, the piloting of the licensure process, and most importantly:  there is NO funding for the courses paraeducators will be required to take for their license.

It is time to focus on the funding of this bill.  Paraeducators want high quality professional development.  Paraeducators do not want an unfunded system that requires specific course work paid for by the paraeducator.

Please email your legislator in the House of Representatives now and ask that they fully fund the development and piloting of the licensure system, and most importantly, that they fully fund the cost of the required courses paraeducators will take to secure a license.  Without fully funding E2SSB 5179, an unfunded mandate is placed on paraeducators.

Email your legislators about it here!

Former Soundview ESP President on the benefits of unionization

Diane Formoso recently took the time to share her thoughts on union membership with other members of the Soundview UniServ.  Her letter shows the dramatic difference that joining WEA made in her career.  Here’s an excerpt from her letter:

“As a bus driver I know what it was like to work without a union and collective bargaining rights. When I first started driving, women were not allowed to drive a “big” bus. When it came to hiring, there were no rules. I had been a substitute driver for six months, when a regular job became available. However that job was given to a man who was a brand new hire and the reason given was that he had a family to support. Where would YOU be if seniority no longer existed? Would you be the favorite person who gets the extra hours or the job? Don’t think this could not happen to you! Without a union it can.”

To read her entire letter, click here.


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